PROTEST OVER PLAN TO PUT NEW STARBUCKS AT ‘CHAOTIC’ JUNCTION
A STARBUCKS shop in Bangor would bring little benefit to the city and cause further problems at a “chaotic” junction, say protesters who gathered today to oppose the development.
Arfon MP Hywel Williams, local cafe owners and members of Bangor Civic Society were among the 40 people who demonstrated in the rain (pictured) against the proposed coffee shop at the junction of Deiniol Road and Sackville Road.
Jo Pott, of Kyffin Cafe and Deli, and Lesley Wills, of Follow Your Bliss, which are both on the high street, said a new cafe is not needed in the city.
Ian Sturrock, an orchardist who has worked to save the Bardsey Apple, was also at the demonstration to stress the importance of the black poplar trees on the site.
Gwynedd council is considering a revised scheme after the initial application was withdrawn in the face of opposition in January 2016.
Mr Williams said building the new Starbucks would “surely make things worse” at the junction, and that Bangor already has two high street coffee chains and several independent coffee shops.
He added that the “significant green space” at the site would be better used as an amenity for locals and visitors.
Steve Collings, the Plaid Cymru councillor who represents Deiniol ward in Bangor city centre, said: “There has to be a very good reason to destroy one of the few remaining green spaces on the valley floor, especially one that contains protected trees.
“Allowing a multinational to build a coffee shop which will compete with existing local and family-run businesses does not qualify as a good reason in my opinion.”